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Application Process Interactive Roadmap

I'm thinking about applying. What steps should I take?

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Know the deadlines and timelines

Review the deadline for the online application, colleague and institutional support documentation, certification and contract documentation, and change requests.

Become familiar with the application review timeline.

Decide which LRP to apply for

Learn about the differences between the Extramural and Intramural LRPs.

Determine if you qualify

Review basic eligibility requirements for all LRPs.

Obtain a Commons ID

An eRA Commons ID is strongly encouraged for an LRP application. It may take at least four weeks to obtain a Commons ID. For more information on the process of obtaining a Commons ID, applicants should consult with their research institution and review the eRA Commons website FAQs.

Use LRP website resources

Watch the webinars, read the Tips for Writing a Competitive LRP Application, connect with the LRPs on social media, and contact the LRP Information Center for additional assistance.


What do I need to know to prepare my application?

Review the Apply and Renew section of the website carefully

Know what is required to complete a new or renewal application before beginning.

Consider the best IC match

It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the LRP IC Liaisons for questions regarding matching research to IC Mission and Priorities.  Extramural Clinical, Pediatric, and Health Disparities LRP applicants may indicate a preferred NIH Institute or Center (IC) for application review.

Get help

Contact the LRP Information Center for questions regarding general eligibility and the application process.

Loan documentation

Applicants are encouraged to collect loan documentation as soon as the application is submitted. Collecting loan documentation is a lengthy process.

Estimate quarterly LRP repayment

Use the repayment calculator to estimate the amount of an LRP award.


I have submitted my application. What happens next?

Check application status

Use the Application Status Tab of the Online Application System (OAS) to track the status of all application components. Make sure to save a copy of the application.  

Check the reviewing IC

Applications are assigned to an IC for review.  IC change requests for the Extramural Clinical, Pediatric, and Health Disparities Research LRPs by January 31 to be considered.


NIH Institutes and Centers conduct LRP peer review.

Financial Review

Select applicants will be emailed on a rolling basis to request submission of loan documentation.  Loan balance and eligibility must be established to be considered for repayment.

Funding Decisions

Institutes make funding decisions into September. All applicants are notified by email. If an application is not funded, information will be made available in the email to obtain feedback.

Awardee responsibilities

Awardees are required to comply with the terms and conditions of the LRP contract.

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